I started the same way everyone else would have however, I have always been skeptical of everything I read and study, especially when my understanding must rely on someone else to interpret what is being studied.
When words are translated from one language to another sometimes meanings are lost in the translation. This is a fact. The problems I find in biblical translation are certain word definitions that contradict many passages. Its like scripture is opposed to scripture.
I began studying deeper into the methods of which our bibles have been translated. I found that words were defined and translated according to a theology instead of allowing the words to define our theology. One of the first errors I found was the word Olam (Heb) and Aion (Gk) and its adjuctive Aionios (Gk) were improperly translated as "everlasting', "evermore", "Forever", and "Forever and ever".
The reason I questioned these words was due to many theological issues where Sodom and Gomorrah are said to suffer eternally in a fire with no hope but in Ezekiel we read that Sodom and her sisters (Gomorrah and the cities about them actually had a promise of restoration before Israel is restored. So, after a few years of intense study of scriptural word usages, primarily where words of timelessness are used came to the conclusion that the ancient languages had no one word which could be defined and translated as timelessness. This absolutely eliminated not only the literalness of the fire being spoken of but it endless duration as well.
Believe me, I do not come to my conclusions lightly. I commit years to finding its bottom line truth.
The bottom line is that none of the scriptures (even if it speaks of literal events) should be taken literally. Jesus said "the words I speak are spirit" and many of his followers left him because they were without understanding. Jesus said he spoke in parables to prevent the multitudes from understanding and only gave the interpretation to the 12 he chose. The whole of scripture is one big parable with many subparables within the whole. To take it literally is to miss out on the spiritual significance of it all and you are left with nothing but mess of erroneous theologies and division which is what has lead to there being so many denominations of Christianity. Jesus said to walk in ONE spirit and ONE accord. I do not see this at all within Christianity so how could they possibly have it when enforcing Creationism?
This issue is just one of so many that I just wouldn't know where to start but as the errors are slowly plucked and corrected the whole begins to brighten up and make so much more sense in this light than in the darkness of error and speculation.